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The Mentalist Review: More Than One?

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Drones and explosions took a back seat to Red John's antics in "Black-Winged Redbird," as we were left to contemplate how many of the final seven are involved with the evil mastermind. Or could Red John be more than just one man?

Wasn't Director Bertram oddly calm when he found out that Partridge was dead and Lisbon was down? He barely reacted to the news. Was that because he already knew or was it just because Bertram's an odd individual?

Keeping Jane Off Center

Remember last week when Jane said he wasn't freaking out? I'd say he's definitely freaked out now. The way he begged the crowd of law enforcement officers for a bottle of water showed his sense of panic better than anything else could have. Then he gently set about removing Red John's handiwork from Teresa's face. It was as though he couldn't rest until he got that maniac's mark off of her. 

Jane truly seemed lost to Red John's motives in letting Lisbon go. Was he being playful, ran out of time or simply meant to kill her but got interrupted? Patrick Jane was left with far more questions than answers. 

I really loved Lisbon's nightmare. It was very telling. Her fear was losing the people closest to her to the serial killer. And was it just a coincidence that Haffner killed her in the dream and then visited her in the hospital? When he told her that one of these day they'd have more time, was that an aside to Red John not having the time to finish the job he started?

Also, who is Carmen Lee? That's the person the nurse was looking for when she mistakenly walked into Teresa's room…but any fan of The Mentalist knows that clues pop up at odd times. So what piece of the puzzle is Carmen Lee?

When Sophie Miller didn't pick up her phone I knew she was dead…which is a shame. I kind of liked Sophie and her connection to Patrick's past. The moment I noticed that sticky note on the fridge I knew what Jane was going to find. But what was the message in decapitating her? Red John's methods appear to be changing as Jane and Lisbon get closer to finding him. 

I've said almost nothing about the suicide by drone story line and it's not that I didn't enjoy it. It was an interesting twist but it was all secondary to the hunt for a serial killer who knows so much that Lisbon wonders if he could actually be psychic.

Is that because he's more than one man? We've always known that Red John has his minions but could it be possible for multiple people to form the legend of Red John? Could it be their shared knowledge and access is what make this killer seem almost omnipotent?

The discussion between Director Bertram, Sheriff McAllister, and Reed Smith was certainly curious. When Reed asked Bertram how much does Jane know…what was he referring to? Is it another red herring to throw us off or an insight into the identity of the legendary mad man?

So many questions…so few answers but there's no question that The Mentalist season 6 is the most intriguing yet.

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Cont…And what was with Jane just blurting out to all those guys about his nervous breakdown. I thought that was such a big shameful secret that he went to great pains to keep it out of his record. Now he’s just spitting it out like it’s common knowledge. None of the people in the office looked shocked at the revelation, which implies they all already knew. One could take that to mean they all at least work for Red John, since there would be no reason for McCallister, or even Smith, to know that about Jane otherwise? Did Red John only show up for the initial session with Sophie, because one session every six months does not seem to be effective treatment; or will we get to hear Sophie’s recorded notes from later sessions in later episodes? Everything Sophie commented on in this epi could pretty much be applied to any of the suspects equally. No new light shed here. No answers in this episode, just more questions.

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I was thinking maybe RJ hypnotize Lisbon while he had her and the trigger is some how the name or related to "Carmen Lee". Maybe, Lisbon is "okay" until Jane gets too close to RJ and RJ uses her as his "Queen" like in a chess game, which we all know is the most important piece. Maybe, RJ has planted in Lisbon a command to turn on Jane?? Of course, the last thing that will happen is that Jane gets through to Lisbon and she turns on RJ. I think that would be great.

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I was actually really disappointed in this episode. I was eagerly anticipating the reemergence of Sophie Miller and maybe some more illumination on Jane’s past. Instead, we received no explanation for the altered smiley on Lisbon’s face; no real response from Lisbon to the smiley when Jane told her; no explanation as to why Partridge was targeted and most importantly…no more information on Red John than we already had. Except that maybe he has a fear of heights, although that was more likely just the pretense to see Sophie.
All we know for sure is that some of these guys are in cahoots. Are they all RJ minions or are they secretly working against him?
Further, if Red John killed Sophie, where was the smiley painted in her blood?

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So isn't it pretty much impossible that stiles is red john? (i never believed that he was anyway) I find it hard to believe that Sophie wouldn't know who he was.

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@creamy I really enjoyed that scene with Rigsby and Cho guessing RJ like us, too! That was kinda funny :) The one thing I took away from the Sophie Miller deal @Mimi was that her sense was that RJ really does have a phobia, though she's not sure what kind. A useful weakness when it comes time to exploit it, yeh? Thanks for your review, Christine! You are right. This season is the most intriguing of all.

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I know @Mimi, not only was there no security for Lisbon at the hospital, none of her team except Jane was there or ever showed, and only one set of flowers to be seen on the bed table. From Jane? The whole set up has been weird from start to finish. Perhaps it is to increase the sense that Jane and Lisbon are increasingly alone, isolated, in their hunt? Maybe setting up for when the CBI comes crashing in chaos as Heller has said will happen after RJ? She's over a rogue team that disobeys her direct orders. Even Jane doesn't do that. He may sneak so he doesn't have to get permission first. But he doesn't disobey her direct orders, does he? It just has an unsettling feel to me. And, what's with all the pigeons? Lisbon's memory of her mom. The house last week. Now in the park where they talk.

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so dear Mr Heller.All the Jisbon shippers are thanking you.Isn't it weird, now we got some real affection gestures between these two , not have to read them between the lines.:))

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I think Red John was saying to Jane I can get anybody at any time and you can't do anything about it. He will be proven wrong of course. Excellent writing and acting.

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and yes Creamy, my heart melt when Patrick petted Lisbon's head ahhhhhhhh we're getting there slowly but surely.

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So I havent read this but can anyone confirm that RJ's ID will be found out by the 8th epidosde? really?

The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 2 Quotes

Lisbon: You were right about the phone traces. Red John hooked me like a fish.
Jane: Well, at least he threw you back.

He took Partridge's blood, put it on your face, made his mark.

Jane
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